History

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Nonconformist meetings commenced in Kettering around 1666 following the 1662 Act of Uniformity. It was at that time that Mr Maydwell, the Rector of Kettering, left the Parish Church to establish the Independent Meeting. The first entry, undated, in the Old Church Book lists amongst its members a Mr William Wallis who, together with six other members, was dismissed from membership (29th October 1696) for being an Anabaptist. These men set up their own fellowship in a house in Bayley's Yard, Newland Street, with William Wallis as their pastor. This small group was the first Baptist Church in Kettering, from which the Fuller Church ultimately grew. At about the same time a second Baptist fellowship was established in Goosepasture Lane (now Meadow Road) under the leadership of Mr Wills, formerly pastor of the Independent Meeting but also dismissed from membership. In about 1729 the two separate Baptist meetings merged, meeting together for worship on the common basis of believers' baptism and open communion. After a while the church was in need of its own burial ground but the buildings in Goosepasture Lane had little or no land attached. Mr Beeby Wallis (great grandson of William Wallis), made available to the…
Fuller graveyard was originally on the west side of the chapel and contained graves dating from approximately 1769-1891.
We sometimes get requests for headstone inscriptions from people that are trying to trace their family history in the area. Click on "Read More" to see a complete list of inscriptions from the graveyard of Fuller Baptist Church.
It was at Olney that William Carey first met Andrew Fuller. Carey was a young Christian and Fuller was preaching at the Northamptonshire Baptist Association meetings there. This was the beginning of a life-long friendship and commitment to world mission. While living at Moulton, Carey would walk to Kettering every two weeks to bring boots he had made for Thomas Gotch, returning with leather for the next batch. (Gotch's home, Chesham House, is in Lower Street almost opposite the Mission House.) But when Fuller first visited Carey in Moulton and saw how hard he was working, he spoke about his concerns to Gotch who was one of his deacons. The shoe manufacturer agreed to pay Carey a small allowance from his private purse, teasing him with, 'I don’t mean you to spoil any more of my leather.' The find out more about how William Carey, visit: www.thecareyexperience.co.uk
Members of Fuller Church -Revised to March 1920 (by date of membership)

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